Senate Rejects Buhari’s Request To Amend Newly Signed Electoral Act

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Buhari with the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila after signing the Bill into law. Photo credit: Presidency.

The Senate has rejected a bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking the amendment of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act.

Section 84 (12) demands that political office holders resign their positions before contesting for election from the party’s primary level.

The bill had scaled the first reading on Tuesday, despite a court order barring the Senate from acting on it.

However, the request was rejected after Senator Yahaya Abdullahi made the lead debate for the second reading of the bill on Wednesday.

The Senators resoundingly kicked against it and voted no when the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan put it to voice votes.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that Buhari sent a letter to the Senate on March 1, requesting for a fresh amendment to the electoral act just a few days after signing it into law.

The President had in the letter to the Red Chamber, asked the federal parliament to consider the outright deletion of Section 84 (12).

According to President Buhari, the provision amounted to the disenfranchisement of political appointees

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